Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.
Being born in a stable does not make one a horse.
If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.
When my journal appears, many statues must come down.
I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but by God, they frighten me.
An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them.
Always make water when you can.
We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.
I never saw so many shocking bad hats in my life.
Always get over heavy ground as lightly as you can.
Educate men without religion and you make them clever devils.
Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.
Our army is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth.
During the Peninsula War, I heard a Portuguese general address his troops before a battle with the words, "Remember men, you are Portuguese!
All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don't know by what you do; that's what I called 'guess what was at the other side of the hill'.
There is nothing so dreadful as a great victory--except a great defeat.
Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.
To define it rudely but not ineptly, engineering is the art of doing for 10 shillings what any fool can do for a pound
When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it.
The only thing I am afraid of is fear.
The hardest thing of all for a soldier is to retreat.
The French system of conscription brings together a fair sample of all classes; ours is composed of the scum of the earth - the mere scum of the earth. It is only wonderful that we should be able to make so much out of them afterwards.
The British soldiers are fellows who have all enlisted for drink. That is the plain fact - they have all enlisted for drink.
Troops would never be deficient in courage, if they could only know how deficient in it their enemies were.
The only thing that they can be relied on to do is to gallop too far and too fast.
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